This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, namely to examine the relationship between economic growth and poverty reduction by analyzing two regional economies: the poor provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan in China. Both provinces are remote and mountainous, with many rural families subsisting on what they can produce from these harsh agricultural conditions. However, in the 1990s, the economy of Guizhou grew sluggishly while poverty declined, whereas the economy of Yunnan grew rapidly with few people emerging from poverty. The remainder of the chapter discusses the research methodology used in the present study along with a brief overview of the subsequent chapters.
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